Barbara Knox joined the Museum’s volunteer team in summer 2015. During the past five years, she has worked in the Museum Shop and at the Front Desk. “I’ve enjoyed meeting guests visiting from out of state as well as local people visiting the Museum,” Barbara shared, “The building and the grounds are spectacularly beautiful and it gives me a sense of pride when guests comment on it.”
Growing up in New York City, Barbara developed a love for museums at an early age. When she and her husband retired to Colorado Springs from the East Coast, she was anxious to learn all she could about her new home. After her first visit to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, she knew this was where she wanted to volunteer. She appreciates that the museum staff are knowledgeable and willing to take the time with guests to explain the exhibits in more detail.
Barbara is a temporary worker for El Paso County Election Department and in that capacity she goes out to retirement homes to assist elderly people with voting. She and her team were at the Duncan-Hart home on North Corona Street when she realized this was Fannie Mae Duncan’s former home. She told her county colleagues about Fannie Mae and her approach to life – “accept all people, show them equal respect, and always remember to make EVERYBODY WELCOME”. She encouraged them to visit the museum and see her exhibit firsthand.
Barbara also volunteers at Mill Dog Rescue in Peyton and is Mom to Captain, a loveable furry rescue dog. She and her husband Jim are avid travelers and love exploring Europe and the southwest U.S. And of course their first stop on each adventure is a museum!